Winter tyres grip-can help you get a grip in the cold and the Snow- Evening Telegraph

Winter tyres grip

Winter tyres grip can help you in the cold
Evening Telegraph On damp or wet roads, tyres grip differently — and the braking distance is substantially longer.

Winter tyres

It pleases me very much to see how the British public have responded to the efforts of the owners of tyre outlets and the many motoring publications, that have been

Winter tyres grip

Citroen fitted with 4 Yokohama winter tyres

advising the public about the advantages and safety features of fitting winter tyres to your car.

What started me off committing myself to this subject was the massive increase of traffic on our roads, combined with the worsening winters that we were getting. This in my eyes makes road safety, especially where brakes and other road safety factors are concerned. Cars are travelling and accelerating at much faster speeds and therefore requires better braking systems and tyre technology. The latter is probably my specialist subject and a subject that I am passionate about, therefor the advice that I give to drivers and my customers is in their best interest.

Winter tyres grip

Winter tyres grip (Photo credit: Travelling Steve)

The subject of whether or not to fit winters in November time or not, to me is a “no brainer”. Here in West Yorkshire winter will shortly arriving , in fact this morning the local council gritting trucks are out gritting the icy roads. Winter tyres have a special compound that has silicone added to the rubber compound.

Winter tyres grip

Of course,this ensures that the winters remain flexible in freezing weather conditions, and are still able to maintain there grip on icy or snowy roads. On the other hand a summer ones that do not have additives will begin to harden when the temperature drops below 7 degrees centigrade, when Winter tyres grip . The effect is similar to your wiper blades, we all know that in cold weather that your wiper blades become very hard and will not clean the windscreen, all other rubber items have the same affect, and do not work correctly in cold weather.

If the tyre does not flex because of the cold, then the tread will not be able to do the job of gripping, especially in cold weather or on a very dirty rainy day when you may be traveling at 70 mph on a motorway. Winters will flex and give you the full tread onto the road, together with a much better designed tread pattern made especially for wet and snowy winter conditions, there is no doubt that Winter tyres grip . You owe it to yourself and your family to be as safe as possible on our very busy roads in winter time, none of us know what the weather will throw at us on any given day,(not even the weather man)

Eric Roberts members of Tyresafe.org. 

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Nokian Winter Tyres

Nokian Targets CUV-SUV Tyre Market- With Dealer Expansion in The UK and The USA Markets

Nokian Targets CUV-SUV Tyre Market

Nokian Targets CUV-SUV Tyre Market
Jaguar F Sport SUV fitted with a new set of Nokian winter tyres

Nokian Targets CUV-SUV Tyre Market

This was great news for the tyre industry. But also great news for road safety. So at last the motorists have taken notice of the tyre experts and friends. Many garages and tyre dealers are beginning to increase stocks of snow tyres. But stocks are very low so telephone or go online to see what you can find. Remember this is only the beginning of winter and so snow or winter tyres will be a good investment.

Garages and tyre retailers began to see the motorists complimenting them. On how good these type of tyres really were in snow. Many garages and tyre dealers have some stocks of snow tyres. Hence, stocks are very low so telephone or go online to see what you can find.

Motorists from all over the country. Were bestowing the advantages of changing to winter tyres. From summer tyres for the winter months. Prices in the last few weeks have doubled. Indeed put the price out of reach for many motorists.

Nokian Targets CUV-SUV Tyre Market

Especially with smaller cars, silly when safety is at stake, perhaps next winter people should start buying their tyres at the end of summer. Thus, when prices are not much different to summer tyres.

It looks like the penny may have dropped as regards the drivers of SUV and Crossover vehicles. Indeed many SUV owners are also thinking about a set of spare wheels with snow tyres fitted. This seems to me to make the most common sense thing to do. Of course, you could go to a breakers yard for a set or pair of used wheels to keep the cost down.

SUV drivers really suffered in the harsh snowy winters of a couple of years ago. We noticed that the BMW drivers were all over the road. Skidding on their summer tyres. I think that some of these drivers thought that they were invincible in bad weather. As a result they were far from safe? The large diameter wheels on this type of vehicle meant that in bad weather then they lost control very easily.

Many of these SUV drivers did eventually fit or buy a set of spare steel wheels. This is the most effective way for using winter tyres and you would probably make a set last three winters or more. So, by changing them from your summer tyres from say November to March. Some tyre dealers have started storing customers winter tyres or wheels over the Summer months. Known as “tyre hotels” some for a small fee others may do it for free. Therefore, it may be worth asking, especially for those living in flats or drivers without a garage.

Nokian Targets CUV-SUV Tyre Market

As mentioned before I have had many customers telephoning me. Thanking me for the advice I have given them about fitting snow tyres. One lady customer was so pleased that she came back and wanted a set fitting to her mothers car she was so impressed. The sting in the tail is that suppliers started to inflate prices due to demand. Especially internet companies from the continent.

Nokians were in great demand. They were always number one in European tyre tests and so were much sought after.Now of course Nokian tyres have built up a UK tyre dealer network. Pellon Tyres are the Nokian dealers for the Calder valley area of the UK.

This winter 2010/ 2011 has proved to be worse than the winter before. Indeed November of that year had been breaking records for the coldest and the amount of snow fall. Indeed in South Yorkshire the snow reached depths of two feet in some areas. Of course, stranding many motorists, the only people who could move had either 4×4 s or were fitted with winter tyres.

Nokian Targets CUV-SUV Tyre Market

Garages and auto centres have noticed a massive increase in All-weather tyre sales this winter. However some motorists took the advice of some experts, who commented that, “motorists are becoming much more safety conscious” and “have bought new snow tyres this winter for the first time”. In fact there has been a rapid growth in the number of tyre companies. Hence, that are developing the all-weather tyres.

Nokian Targets CUV-SUV Tyre Market

Most notably Michelin tyres brought out the excellent CrossClimate tyres. This is a bit of an anomaly. because it is a summer tyre with winter tyre capabilities. This tyre carries the three peaks snow tyre sidewall emblem.

These Michelin CrossClimate have proved to be a great success. In fact many motorists are beginning to discover the great advantage of snow and winter tyres in bad weather situations. Garages and tyre dealer began to see the motorists complimenting them. of course, on how good these type of tyres really were in snow.

 Nokian Tyres Inc. is once again expanding its lineup of all-season tires designed specifically for the North American market. The eNtyre C/S targets the growing CUV and SUV tire segment.

Source: Nokian Targets CUV and SUV Tire Market With eNtyre C/S – Suppliers – Modern Tire Dealer

leisure battery

Leisure Battery Suppliers UK, All types of 12 volt Leisure Batteries- Online to most UK Areas.

Leisure Battery Suppliers

Leisure Battery Suppliers

Leisure Battery Suppliers

As a result, we sell all types of 12 volt Leisure Batteries and Deep Cycle Batteries Online.Hence, with UK Free Delivery. Leisure Batteries, Deep Cycle Batteries 12 Volt. Including Caravan Batteries, Motorhome Batteries, …

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Leisure battery

BatteriesOnTheWeb offer great choice and quality at excellent prices

One of the most up and coming Leisure Battery Suppliers to trade on the internet are Batteries On The Web . The company have now been trading online

for five years. Of course,and are rapidly building up a reputation. Thus, for their service and an excellent range of battery products.

The owner has actually been in business selling Batteries for 35 years . Consequently, in his battery store located in Halifax West Yorkshire UK. Because of their success they decided to start selling on line using the web name of www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk . The company have now gone from strength to strength; selling many different types of Caravan Leisure Batteries, such as for golf, UPS systems, trucks, tractors even for kids ride on toys and many more applications.

The online store are one of the countries largest Leisure Battery Suppliers and also offers other  top name batteries, most of who are made by Johnson controls, the World’s biggest battery makers or made by Yuasa batteries.

leisure battery
Johnson Controls Leisure Battery Suppliers a snowy winter scene

Some of our names include Varta, FirstPower, Trojan batteries, Lucas batteries, Numax leisure batteries and much more.

They also sell other products such as Ring Electrical battery chargers and C-Tech battery chargers, along with Poorboy’s car cleaning products. Altogether a good selection for the online customer to browse through.

The companies motto is “We offer old fashion Values, using modern day technology”

So, since I published this post then Johnson Controls have sold off their battery division.

See on misha88.skyrock.com

Runflat Tyres Safer

Car Tyres Repairs from Repair Specialists

Car Tyres Repairs from Repair Specialists

Car Tyres Repairs from Repair Specialists
We can now repair your tyres with a nail in the shoulder or sidewall ?

Car Tyres Repairs from Repair Specialists

So a little bit of history ! As a life long tyre guy then specialists tyre repairs have always been around. Of course I can now go back to the very beginning when the radial car tyres were introduced. Firstly many of these tyres were fitted with inner tubes. Especially the Michelin tyre brand on the early French imported cars. Including Renault and Citroen. So, car tyres containing Inner tubes were very common. Also relatively easy to repair. When the tubes were removed they were either repairable or ripped to pieces ! Due them being run on when deflated.

Then came the “tubeless tyres”

Very early in my tyre career, we were introduced to the “tubeless tyres“. These are still the norm in today’s tyre market. Remembering that my manager at the time said they would “never catch on” !

Consequently, we were given some primitive training on how to mend these tyres when they had a puncture. All sorts of ne products were introduced and shown to us by different tyre repair sales men. So, one guy tried to sell us what was a ball of string soaked in vulcanised rubber. A piece was cut off the ball and pushed through the hole in the tyres tread ! Where the nail had penetrated the tyre. This I will never forget ! Because his demonstration tyre had about 500 of these pieces of string pushed into holes ! While the tyre was still inflated.

So it resembled a large hedgehog ! Very strange ! However this never took off and a sort of mushroom repair patch became the standard. The repair area was buffed and cleaned of any dirt. Probable cause would be a nail or screw. As a result the object was removed and the hole drilled to take one of the mushroom repair patches.

These were to be the answer for years to come. The stem of the mushroom would fill the hole caused by the nail and the inside had a vulcanised patch covering the internal damaged area ! perfect !

Car Tyres Repairs from Repair Specialists
Repairing a large SUV tyre

Bigger holes required a different repair method

Moving on a few years, then I got a job working for a tyre repair specialists in Leeds. So, the coal and steel industry in the UK was at full swing. Consequently, there was a need to repair the giant tyre that were fitted to the giant earth-moving machines. Significantly larger than the car tyres that I was used to repairing and a new challenge.

Believe it or not the systems for repairing were much the same except of course the difference in size. In fact you could get inside most of these large tyre to repair them. So, in the next five years I was able to learn a great deal about different tyre repairing methods. Of course this was to help me in the coming years of owning my own tyre business.

So, to bring us up to date we have now installed a “hot vulcanised car tyre repair machine“. Car tyre have become much larger in recent years. Of course mainly due to the advent of the SUV  type of vehicles and large motorhomes. Tyre damage to the shoulder area can be repaired by using our specialist equipment. Although good profit for us , then it can also save the customer a small fortune ? naturally by not having to buy a new tyre.

All round tyre service

As a tyre centre owner for over forty years now, then it has always been my aim to be an all round tyre service facility for my customers in the Halifax area. So the addition of such equipment including an alloy wheel straightening machine . Including a new “four wheel alignment centre” has brought us very close to achieving this goal.

Could Driverless Cars Empty Cities?Autonomous cars could see Brits escape to suburbs – Car Keys

Could Driverless Cars Empty Cities

Could Driverless Cars Empty Cities

Could Driverless Cars Empty Cities

It comes as no surprise that the first autonomous systems. Able to control steering, braking, and accelerating. So, have already started appearing in cars. Automobile giants like Ford, GM, Toyota, Nissan, Volvo, and Audi have all shown off cars that can drive themselves. As a result, they have all declared that within a decade. They plan to sell some form of advanced automated cars.

Thus, taking over driving on highways or to be able to park themselves in a garage. Google, meanwhile, is investing millions in autonomous driving software. Subsequently, its driverless cars have become a familiar sight. Especially, on the highways around Silicon Valley. Hence, over the last several years.

The first autonomous systems, which are able to control most of the cars systems. Therefore, have already started appearing in cars. The big car manufactures,  have all shown off cars that can drive themselves. I must confess that this is something that I cant get my head round? The thought of all these cars bobbing about town scares the pants off me.

Especially in small towns with Victorian infrastructure such as in Halifax here in the UK. So it may be OK in Silicon valley, but not many other places. I realise that If we think about it, we humans actually make terrible drivers. Not to mention, reckless drivers. People who fiddle with their phones, maps or GPS while driving are responsible for significant number of accidents.

The software that self-driving cars uses is smart enough to detect the wait time at traffic signals and also on road stops which would reduce unnecessary traffic congestion on busy streets. I do agree though with the people who took part in this survey. if I lived in a town or city then I would move to the country side. Escape would be the only way. However I do not think it will  happen in my lifetime?

What the survey says about the autonomous cars-

Autonomous cars could see Brits escape to suburbs – Car Keys

Van Battery Care-Your Car is at Risk! – Reasons for your Car Battery to Fail?

Van Battery Care
Corroded battery terminals require cleaning

Frequent battery failure can cost you thousands of dollars for repairs. You can avoid Van Battery Care problems by following regular maintenance. 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Give your car battery a winter check

As we all know winter is just around the corner here in the Northern hemisphere. The weather is turning colder at night and this will affect the performance of your car battery. To keep you car battery lasting longer there are one or two things that you can do.

If your van battery has the old type screw tops, then you can inspect the level of the acid in your battery, with Van Battery Care, this can be checked and remedied. If this is something that you have to do at often intervals then it means that the battery is boiling and could have a faulty alternator. You should top the battery up with distilled water and recheck it a few days after, to see if the level has dropped again. If the level has dropped then you should get your alternator checked at a good garage.

If are reading this in the UK and you do not know of a good garage, then look up the nearest independent garage in your area, they have safeguards to protect you the customer and a fair price policy, but more than that they can be trusted.

Van Battery Care
A simple voltmeter can tell you lots about your battery

Also another Van Battery Care tip

Of course, is to look out for white coloured powder on the top of the  battery. This indicates a leak around the terminals, the white powder is dried battery acid. You can clean it off using a cup full of warm water. But if it is a recurring problem. So, it means that the battery is on its way out.Needing replacing! Before it lets you down, on your deliveries. It is a good idea to always keep a Car Battery Charger and a 12V Voltmeter,to hand. As it may just keep you going for a few more winter days. Of course, until you can buy Cheap Car batteries Online.

This is about the limit that you can go to check over your battery and look after it. After all has I have said the last thing you want is for the battery to let you down, when you

Van Battery Care
Your car battery could end up in the scrap pile

least expect it and having to be towed to the nearest garage to have it seen to, and paying over the odds because you are stranded. That is if they have a battery to fit your car, you may have to wait another day if they have to order a new battery.

More reading…”If you often see leaks under your car, it’s about time to check your van battery. Extreme weather condition can cause the battery to crack and leak. Van batteries sometimes leak a highly corrosive acid, which is harmful to your van and to you as well, good Van Battery Care, will ensure this does not happen?. Cleaning up a battery leak is easy, but you should observe the utmost caution when dealing with battery acid to prevent injury”… http://carfs.net/2013/10/your-car-is-at-risk-reasons-car-batteries-fail/

Air Filters-How they Work-Chevy High Performance Magazine

Air Filters

How Air Filters Work

Chevy High Performance Magazine

For performance air filter manufacturers like Air aid, determining the ideal filter design for each vehicle application is a balancing act between optimal flow and packaging constraints.

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

What do CAR AIR FILTERS DO?

So, as we all know, All filters are very important parts of your cars performance system. They help your engine breathe easily by filtering out the dirt and dust that enters your car engine. The car engine sucks in tremendous amounts of air. Importantly, this air must be perfectly clean.

It is amazing what the engine will suck in. Especially, in summer time! Of course, it sucks in millions of insects and dust particles. Including, in autumn and winter! So, apart from dirt and grime, the engine sucks in leaves. Even water from the winter rains. All these things can end up in the engine compartment and eventually would be sucked into the inlet ports. But your air filter stops all this happening.

The filter is most often encased in a plastic holder, or older cars could be made of metal. This casing is a secondary filter safeguard and is sometimes they are shaped like kitchen pans, with the air intake looking like the pan handle, but the more modern cars have them shaped to fit in with the engine compartment. The plastic box has its own filter slits which helps trap larger objects such as leaves.

air filters
Dirty filter ready for changing

Air Filters

It is therefore very important to have your car serviced at regular intervals and to make sure that the garage changes the oil and other filters by asking them to see the old ones when you pick the car up. If you do not change the air filter it will slowly clog up with dirt and starve your engine from oxygen.

This will hamper the performance of your car. The biggest problem is in Fuel-injected cars, because a dirty oil filter will hamper the performance of your car. It is great when a customer has just had his car serviced and notices the difference in the cars performance, this is usually because of the new air and oil filters.

Of course all  filters are manufactured by many different companies, but here in Halifax UK we use quality replacement filters on all models.

Driving in Winter

Quality Winter Tyres -Autocar Says that Winter Tyres Really Work for your safety in winter- Etyres

Autocar extols virtues of Quality Winter Tyres

“I was running a long term BMW 1M at the time, and at BMW’s insistence the car was fitted with a set of

The Bridgestone Blizzak Quality Winter Tyres are a great choice.

Michelin Alpin winter tyres.

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Winter tyres

Of course, there has never been any doubt about Quality Winter Tyres . Significantly, including the fantastic job that they do when winter arrives. Including, most in the Northern hemisphere, no matter what country you live in.

It is always an advantage when great car magazines !

Quality Winter Tyres

The likes of Autocar reinforce what us tyre experts have been saying for years. So. the reason that we tend to harp on about Quality Winter Tyres. Importantly, is the safety aspect of the product. These days the cars are getting much faster and powerful and we also have had the recent influx of SUV’s and crossover cars. These vehicles are next to useless when it comes to coping with the winter conditions of snow and ice. They are large and powerful and are absolutely useless in the snow without Quality Winter Tyres fitted.

Quality Winter Tyres are now an essential safety commodity

Significantly, to be used on our modern day vehicles. Winter tyres will even give you  significantly safety advantage when driving on the motorway on a stinking wet day. So must be considered before the winter sets in. We at Pellon Tyres in Halifax recommend a couple of makes that have been proven to us over the years. They are Nokian and Jinyu ! Although Jinyu are an economy brand. Importantly, we have tested these on our own vehicles over the past few years.

 

Of course winter is on its way yet again! So, I wonder what the 2020 winter will bring us. However it is important to keep you and your family safe and consider winter tyre if new tyres are required.

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars-Germans are dreaming of Them-Already have 15 hydrogen stations

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars

Germans are dreaming of this new technology

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Toyota cars go ahead with Hydrogen fuel power

As a result of more advanced research. So, the hydrogen fuel cell technology has moved further on. Hence,

at this moment in time companies are setting up Hydrogen fuel-cell cars filling stations all over Europe. One company that has been heavily involved is Air Liquide . Consequently,who are in the process of developing filling stations. Indeed have built 60 new Hydrogen fuel-cell cars filling stations across the World.

Air Liquide have said that these fuel-cell cars can be filled in a few minutes and the equipment that is used to fill the car is much the same as a diesel or petrol car and is just as safe.

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars,air liquide
A Hydrogen fuel-cell cars filling station

More reading…http://www.airliquide-hydrogen-energy.com/en/notre-offre/filling-station.html

Here in the UK we are making forward moves to build a network of Hydrogen fuel-cell cars fuel filling stations and negotiations are taking place to use the network of supermarket filling stations to accommodate Hydrogen Fuel Cells pumps alongside the standard pumps used for petrol and diesel.

This move by Toyota will bring into play a battle of the green choices; one will be the fuel-cell cars and the other lithium-ion technologies, very interesting to see who will come out on top.

So, to update the situation the Toyota are still leading the way forward. The main stumbling block is the lack of infrastructure for customers to fill up. Importantly, German car maker BMW is also interested in pursuing their interest in the Hydrogen powered cars.

So, BMW along with the “clean energy partnership initiative” are looking to set up to 130 service stations by the year 2022. Ultimately, this will allow up to 60,000 hydrogen cars to operate in Germany. Optimistically, service station locations should increase up to 400 by 2025

See on www.windpowerengineering.com

Waste Tyre Uses- there are many uses of scrap tyre now including these great planters.

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyre Uses

Correct tyre disposal is in all our interest. Old tyres are just part of the problem of recycling all our waste. During recent times we have started to solve the problem of mass disposal of our scrap tyres. Hence, they are now turned into many useful items. Importantly, such as tarmac chipping where the small pieces of rubber are shredded. So, these rubber chips are added to tarmac to give a quieter road surface. The other big use is that they are used to power cement kilns. Thus, which are specially heated to dry out the liquid cement in large kilns. The kilns are designed not to emit any smoke into the atmosphere, making this a very green process.   

Waste Tyre Uses

In essence, the thing that I am pleased with is the millions of ways that ordinary people have found ways to use our old car tyres to make different items. Some make clothing and jewelry, but the main items are made into garden objects and I think that they look really good. I am starting to show some of these ideas on my blog and hope to inspire people to use a few old waste tyres into making similar things.

Waste Tyres Uses-Collected from any tyre depot for free

Waste Tyre Uses

Ultimately, tyre depots would only be too pleased to let any gardener take scrap ones. Of course, to be used as planters. Here in Halifax UK we are only too pleased to help anyone out with some old ones.

So, to bring things up to date, then gardening has become more popular in 2020. Subsequently, due to the terrible covid 19 lockdown that we here in the UK have had to put up with. People have taken up a greater interest in nature! Including a rise in the number of gardeners. Given these points, people in smaller gardens have taken to container based gardening. Including using old tyres again.